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18 Healthy Afternoon Snacks Your Kids Will Love

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Want to stop your kids from reaching for chips or cookies when they come home from school? Here are 18 ideas for healthy afternoon snacks for your kids.

1) Tortilla Roll-Ups and Pinwheels

Spread a tortilla with just peanut butter, or with peanut butter and jelly. Roll it up, then slice into one inch pieces to make pinwheels. Or spread cream cheese and add turkey or ham slices, then layer with spreadable cheese and various vegetables. Roll it up and eat.

2) Granola or Cereal, and Yogurt

Granola or cereal make great snacks on their own, but you're adding protein when you stir it into yogurt.

3) Trail Mix

Make your own with peanuts, raisins, granola, grapes, semi-sweet chocolate chips, and any other balanced mix of savory, salty, sweet, and healthy snacks.

4) Fresh Fruit, Applesauce or Dried Fruit

Consider raisins, dates, apricots, prunes, cranberries, plums, as well as mangos and other tropical fruits. They are sweet like candy.

5) Greek Yogurt with Berries

Greek yogurt brings the protein. And fresh berries add the sweetness.

6) Apple Slices and Dip

Dip in peanut butter, fat-free whipped topping, yogurt, and sugar-free caramel or other dips.

7) Banana “Ice Cream”
The texture of blended blueberries and frozen bananas is delightfully similar to ice cream, only better and healthier.

8) Smoothies

Try mixing and matching flavors. Consider almond or soy milk, different frozen fruit and flavored yogurts.

9) Fruit-Nut Treats

Make Rice Krispies Treats according to the recipe. Then add 1/4 cup sesame seeds and 1/2 cup each chopped dried fruit and sunflower seeds.

10) Vegetable Sticks with Plain Yogurt Dip

Try raw vegetables like carrots, snow peas, cucumbers, jicama, zucchini and bell pepper slices.

11) Pita Wedges and Hummus

Black bean, edamame or white bean hummus are other options.

12) Boiled or Steamed Edamame

Dunk the edamame in soy sauce or tamari.

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There are endless ways to make your diet healthier. Two weeks ago I found an online cookbook that completely changed my diet. I learned some easy recipes that helped me cook healthier food for my family.

August 30, 2015 - 6:44pm
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